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Poster: Jeff Kaplan Date: Dec 7, 2011 6:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Loudest Show You've Been To? Dead-related

1. Hot Tuna, Academy of Music 1973 Row AA right in front of the mains.
2. Deep Purple, Asbury Park Convention Hall, 1972 or 73.
3. Rolling Stones Madison Square Garden 1972.

Decibels alone does not make it so "loud", it's the amount of distortion and the dynamics. The Wall of Sound was quite loud but almost distortion free. And the Dead have a lot of dynamics so it's not a barrage of sound like some bands.

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Dec 7, 2011 8:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Loudest Show You've Been To? Dead-related

I saw Purple in '04 and now that I think of it they were one of the loudest I've heard yet as well. Some people that brought children had to leave because they were afraid it would forever damage their ears.

Though I didn't see them in their prime obviously, Thin Lizzy was another one of the loudest shows I ever heard.

Absolutely nothing compared to Van Halen though. Did anyone else attend the '04 summer tour? I read a review of that tour by a reputable reviewer who has been to thousands of shows, and said he's never heard a louder show.

I'm pretty sure it was in at the Continental Arena(now the Izod Center, yuck). I believe due to the acoustics of that building, the sound was amplified and sounded even louder than intended. I could barely make out any words Sammy was screaming into the mic, but they put on a hell of show, Eddie was god for a night, and it was one of the most fun and invigorating crowds I've ever been a part of.

DS, in that Tuna clip you posted, one can certainly tell that guitar was being played at a blistering volume. When I saw Tuna over the summer at Mountain Jam, I could barely fucking hear them! They really lost their intensity, but I think they're going for a different sound.